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The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).
2015 is International Year of Soils. How did Aldo Leopold view the soil? What would he tell us today? The Leopold Center's first director, Dennis Keeney, reflects on soil health and what our namesake said about soil and soil erosion. This historical photo shows Aldo Leopoled and others inspecting an eroded streambank near Coon Valley, Wisconsin. [Photo used courtesy of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, www.aldoleopold.org] More on our International Year of Soils web page.